Six passengers sailing at Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Sea, leaving Nassau on Saturday, tested positive for COVID-19, and Royal Caribbean spokesman Ryan Sierra Caro said today in the United States on Friday. I confirmed it to.
The test has returned as part of the regular end-of-cruise test provided as a courtesy by the cruise line, as most passengers need to show evidence of a negative test in order to return home.Travelers flying to the United States from international destinations Required to show evidence of a negative COVID test Or, prove that you have recovered from the virus within the last 3 months.
“These guests were quarantined and retested with PCR tests to confirm the diagnosis,” Sierra-Caro said. Depending on the destination, PCR and antigen testing were provided to the passengers. Tests that returned positive were rapid tests, and those passengers were retested by PCR on Thursday or Friday. This is more reliable.
Not all passengers on board the Adventure of the Seas are notified of COVID-19 cases on board. We have received close contact information, warnings and PCR tests. According to Sierra-Caro, the rest of the ship will be warned on Friday through an announcement from the captain.
The ship is currently moored in Freeport, Grand Bahama, and many passengers are disembarking for activities such as port of call tourism. Usually, according to Sierra-Caro, such announcements are made when passengers return to the ship before departure. The ship will disembark in Nassau on Saturday, ending the seven-night trip on Perfect Day on Royal Caribbean’s private islands of Cocokei, Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Bahama.
“Four of the guests not traveling with us have been vaccinated, three are asymptomatic and one has mild symptoms,” Royal Caribbean said in a Sierra-Caro statement. increase. “Two guests attending the same travel party are unvaccinated minors and asymptomatic.”
To sail on the Adventure of the Seas, passengers 16 and older must be fully vaccinated with COVID-19 and tested negative before boarding. Children under the age of 16 must also test negative before boarding. All crew members are fully vaccinated.
Passengers who tested positive and their close contact were quarantined shortly after receiving the test results. The six passengers and their travelers will return home on Friday from the freeport where the ship is anchored.
Sierra-Caro said passengers would be medically evacuated and door-to-door canvassing from ships to homes, via private transport to private planes, and home. Transportation costs are provided free of charge to passengers.
The cruise line will instruct COVID-positive passengers to quarantine at home for 14 days and talk to a doctor.
For others on board, the cruise remains normal without the need for quarantine. The ship carries 1,182 passengers and 900 crew members, including the reporter.
“Our security team has already done it all and we have contacted close contacts that meet that standard,” said Sierra Caro. All close contacts were tested negative in the PCR test results provided on Friday morning.
According to Sierra-Caro, Royal Caribbean has not yet confirmed whether the case is a highly contagious delta mutant, but is investigating further.
The COVID-19 vaccine is very effective, but not 100% effective. This means that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a small number of fully vaccinated people will get COVID-19 even if they are exposed to the virus that causes it.But those who have been vaccinated Breakthrough infectious disease The chances of serious illness or death are much lower.
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Royal Caribbean Cruises: 6 Passengers Return Home After COVID Positive